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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 15, 2014--Here's an update regarding driver Andy Miller, who was injured in a Yonkers Raceway accident Tuesday night. According to Miller's wife, Julie, as well as trainer Scott DiDomenico, Andy Miller broke a pair of lumbar vertebrae in his back. As of this writing, he is awaiting transfer from Lawrence Hospital (Bronxville, NY) to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in northern Manhattan for further evaluation and treatment. Andy Miller has feeling in all his extremities, and is obviously in a lot of pain. Driving Marmara Denizi--a 3-year-old gelding co-owned and trained by his brother, Erv--Miller was in the back of the field and unseated during the $10,000, first race pace. Also unseated was George Brennan, who was driving 13-10 favorite In the Clear. In The Clear was a tight-pocket second down the backside the second time when he looked to slip out and appeared to step on the wheel of a first-up Fiftyshadesofhay (Dan Dube). In the Clear went down, as did Brennan, who did get up and resume his assignments for the evening. Miller did not lose consciousness, and none of the horses appeared to be injured. The race was won by Keystone Dalton (Jason Bartlett, $9.30) in a maiden-breaking 1:59. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway            

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 15, 2014-Yonkers Raceway has announced the purses for both of its ongoing series, the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker. The finales, set for Saturday night, Apr. 26, offer antes of $567,000 (Levy) and $371,400 (Matchmaker). The enhanced purses include all starting fees--$1,000 per start in the Levy and $800 for each work night in the Matchmaker. These are the two richest races to date this season in North America, and are accompanied Apr. 26 by their respective consolations (Levy--$100,000, Matchmaker--$75,000). In another development, 58 2-year-old colts/geldings have been nominated for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Yonkers' premier event for frosh pacers (elims Sat., July, 12 and final Sat., July 19) The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 12, 2014--Foiled Again won his 80th career race Saturday night. That's just wrong. Foiled Again, as in 10-year-old Foiled Again, sauntered around Yonkers Raceway in 1:51 Saturday night. That, too, is just wrong. Maybe, but try convincing him, or his date, of that. "That's what he's supposed to do," driver Yannick Gingras after "Foiled's" fourth win in as many George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series/season starts. Leaving from post position No. 3 as the stronger half of a 1-20 entry, Foiled Again had to work to get around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). He did so before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and found a :56.3 intermission Bettor's Edge (George Brennan), certified barn buddy of Foiled Again, was away third and A J Corbelli (Tim Tetrick) fourth. It was Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce) then moving from fifth, engaging Foiled Again toward a 1:24 three-quarters. Soon after, Bettor's Edge--who, as with Foiled Again, was 3-for-3 in this series entering the evening--slipped out to race second-over. However, Bettor's Edge became very rough very quickly, soon jumping it off. Foiled Again owned a half-length lead entering the lane. His pesky rival wouldn't go away, but wouldn't go by, either. Foiled Again, with his escort offering only occasional reminders, won by a head in 1:51....fastest local mile of the season. Third went to P H Supercam, beaten a half-length. For Foiled Again, a Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,130,968 (80-for-202). Ron Burke trains and co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Foiled Again once again returned the legal-minimum $2.10, The exacta paid $5.90, with the triple returning $10.60. "He's just really getting his legs," Gingras said. "Give the other horses credit, but they're gonna have to do better to beat Foiled Again. "I know he's now guaranteed a place in the (Apr. 26) final (prelim leader with 300 points), so he could get next week off. It's up to Ronnie (Burke). If he's here, then I'm here." Saturday night's other Levy winners were... --Mach it So,,g,4 (by Mach Three); owner Bamond Racing/trainer PJ Fraley/driver Tetrick; 1:52.1/$4; --Clear Vision,g,9 (by Western Hanover); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,Panhellenic Stb,James Koran/driver Brennan; 1:52.1/$2.10 (POE). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 11, 2014--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mare pacers. Three $40,000 divisions went postward and the favorite failed to win any of the divisions. The first event saw Breeders Crown champ Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick, $7.20) get off the series schneid a handy, down-the-road effort (:27.3, :57, 1:24, 1:52). Winning the draw, she played "Catch Me If You Can," and they could not. Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) was unable to sustain a first-up bid, while Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears) could match strides from the pocket. "Monkey" did get second--beaten three-quarters of a length--with Ramalama third. Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor B Lucky (George Brennan), as the 13-10 favored entry, finished fourth and sixth (last), respectively. For third choice Shelliscape, a 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her first win in four seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $28, with no triple wagering (five betting interests) "She had no luck with the draw the last two weeks, but she's a mare with class," Tetrick said. "It was no fluke she won the (Breeders) Crown. Tonight, I was able to rate a cheap half, then she was strong down the back...27 (second) third quarter and 28 (second) home." As was the case with Shelliscape, defending Matchmaker champion Feeling You was flying under the radar until this evening. Leaving from post No. 4 with Tyler Buter doing the honors, Feeling You operated from second-over. That didn't seem so opportunistic when pole-sitting Rocklamation (Gingras)--50 percent of the just-over-even-money favored entry--rated a cheapy half (:28, :57.3). Also not helping the cause for Feeling You was Anndrovette (Tetrick), who was first-up and into a vacant pocket when Angel's Delight (Brennan) gapped it badly. Rocklamation maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a half-length lead into the lane. Feeling You, left to fend for herself, continued her assault on the leader. She outgamed Rocklamation by a head in 1:53.1, with Anndrovette third, beaten a half-length. For fourth choice Feeling You, an Alan Kirschenbaum-bred 7-year-old daughter of Cambest co-owned by driver, Stephen Oldford & Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, she returned $32.60 for her first board finish in five '13 tries. The exacta paid $65. "She just felt good," Buter said of harness racing's newest millionairess ($1,014,148). "When Tim (Tetrick, with Anndrovette) dropped into the pocket, I had thought about getting in behind him, but my mare just acted like she wanted to keep going, so I stayed outside. "We took our time getting ready her ready this season. A year ago, we brought her back early for a series at the Meadowlands that wound up being cancelled. I just hope she can be this good the next couple of weeks." The third and final Matchmaker melange of the evening had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) throw down the gauntlet with the fastest mile of the series to date. Leaving from post No. 5, "Yagonna" made the first lead before yielding to a fumbly-early 4-5 favorite in Somwherovrarainbow (Sears). After a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and :55.4 intermission, it was Krispy Apple (Tetrick) trying her luck first-up. That one couldn't sniff the leader before a 1:23.4, three-quarters, with "Somwher" owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, she was powerless to deny Yagonnakissmeornot, who edged from the pocket and rolled away. That final margin for the second choice was 2½ widening lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4,  third went to Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce). For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 6-for-10 this season (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $14.60, with the triple returning $74.50. Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by favored D W's NY Yank (Brennan, $4) in 1:54.3...fastest local mile of the season. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with three, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5 and 11 on the 12-race card) in that fourth division. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 5, 2014-The Ron Burke Stable ATM, officially named Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, continued with Round 3 Saturday night. Burke trained the winners in all but one of the evening's four, $50,000 divisions. Since the last (grouping) shall be first, let us begin where we usually do, with Foiled Again. He and driver Yannick Gingras went the distance, though not without having to work for it. Drawing outside his six rivals, Foiled Again quickly negated that nuisance. He went around pole-sitting P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the match race was on. After a :55.4 half, these two separated themselves from the overmatched quintet. Foiled Again found three-quarters in 1:24, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Then, P H Supercam took his shot. He dove inside and close ground, but could not reach. Foiled Again prevailed by a head in 1:52. Rock On Moe (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third as the 66-1 rank outsider. For Foiled Again, a 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,105,968 (79-for-201). Burke co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Foiled Again, now 3-for-3 in this series and the season, returned the legal-minimum $2.10, with the exacta (two wagering choices) paid a season-low $3.10. Triple wagering was a no-no in all divisions due to limited wagering interests. "The first two weeks, he didn't have any pressure," Gingras said. "(Tonight), I wanted to air it out a bit. "Even so, he was loafing around until he heard (P H Supercam) coming. Then, he picked it up and he dug in. There was no way the other horse was going by me." Getting in the way of a Burke blitz was Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson). After a pair of seconds (one in a dead-heat) in this series, the Ontario contingent broke through. Leaving from post No. 3 in the third division, Apprentice Hanover was away third as Itrustyou (Gingras)-part of Burke's 1-2 favored entry-set sail through intervals of :26.4 and 56.3. Apprentice Hanover then moved to the leader, who offered just passive resistance. It was Apprentice Hanover grabbing the lead before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, leaving two-leg winner Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) first-up. The lead was two lengths turning for home, and Apprentice Hanover needed all of it. Mach it So moved to him but missed a neck in 1:52.4. Third went to rallying Clear Vision (George Brennan), part of the favored twosome. For Apprentice Hanover, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Brad Grant and trained by Ben Wallace, he returned $7.50 (third choice) for his sixth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.40. "He was a little funny in the first turn, same as he was in the last turn in the opening round," Jamieson said. "I thought it may have cost me early position. "It's always a challenge for a 4-year-old in this series. All the credit goes to Ben (Wallace). He managed him very well (in Canada). He wasn't getting tested up there, and was racing every other week. Going into this series, I wanted to make him work harder, because I knew he'd be taking on top horses." Saturday night's other Levy winners were... --Easy Again,r,5 (by Dragon Again); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,M1 and Panhellenic Stbs/driver Brennan; 1:53.1/$2.40 (POE). --Bettor's Edge,g,5 (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,M1 Stb/driver Gingras; 1:52.2/$2.20 (POE). As with Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge is 3-for-3 in this series. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway                     Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704 Phone: 914 457 2432 E-mail: FDrucker@YonkersRaceway.com      

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 4, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier proving ground for Open Mare pacers. Three soggy $40,000 divisions went postward.   The first event saw former New York Sire Stakes standout Summertime Lea (George Brennan, $2.40, part of odds-on entry) take it the house (:29.2, :58.4, 1:26.4, 1:55.1). Leaving from post position No. 3, she went around pole-sitting Ramalama (Matt Kakaley), then was pestered a stubborn, first-up Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson). The former held the latter at bay, winning by three-quarters of a length. Ramalama, the winner's wagering buddy Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) and Regil Elektra (Ron Pierce) completed the cashers. For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, it was her second win in three seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $34.20, with the triple returning $74.20. "She obviously can leave the gate, which works to her advantage," Brennan said. "When she won (the first week), it was her first start of the season and you never know what to expect, but she has impressed me." Like Summertime Lea, Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) notched a second series victory. Away alertly from post No. 4, she leaped over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), then laid down the law through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3. "Yagonna" widened to a pair of lengths into the lane before winning by that same margin. Angel's Delight-she also twice a winner in the Matchmaker and making a first start for new connections-rallied into second from a loose three-hole, with Krispy Apple, Charisma Hanover (Gingras) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For tepid wagering favorite Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 5-for-9 this season (career earnings just under $400,000) The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $520. The third division went to a solid, two-move Anndrovette (Tetrick, $7.40). Caught wide after starting outside her seven rivals, she found a four-hole as 11-10 choice Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for the lead (:28, :57.4). Anndrovette caught a break down the backside when pocket-sitting longshot Cheyenne Miriam (Brennan) began to tire. That allowed the double-millionairess an impromptu rest stop by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. "Vegas" owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but Anndrovette ducked in and went by. The margin was a half-length in 1:55.3. Royal Cee Cee N (Pierce), Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) and Cheyenne Miriam grabbed the minor moolah. "It's taken her a couple of starts to get her winning attitude back, but I never lost faith," Tetrick said. "I was able to get a breather with her, the other mare (Ideal in Vegas) tired a bit and mine is just so big and strong." For second choice Anndrovette, a 7-year-old daughter of Riverboat King trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her first win in three season/series starts. The exacta paid $30.60, the triple returned $95 and the superfecta paid $520. Friday's $38,000 Open Trot was won by a cone-skimming Backstreet Hanover (Carlson, $37), who beat the boys in 1:57.2 The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with four, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 1, 2014-Favored Extreme Machine N (Eric Goodell) prevailed from loosest of pockets Tuesday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $67,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The Teddy Roosevelt-approved series, for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings, culminated with Yonkers Raceway's richest race of the season to date. Extreme Machine N, as the 9-10 favorite, won the draw and watched as Artist Night (George Brennan) set sail on a mission. That mission included a 28-second opening quarter-mile and :55.3 half. All the while, Extreme Machine N was pacing just enough to make sure outside leavers Ashley's Husband (Jordan Derue) and A Stitch in Time (Ron Pierce) had no hole. Artist Night had five lengths at the wicked 1:22.4 three-quarters before Goodell asked his charge to close ranks. The margin was a length-and-a-half entering the lane, but the fractions were shockingly taking their toll. Extreme Machine N went by, getting the best of a three-hole-sitting Sir Michigan Z Tam by a half-length in a life-best 1:52.1. Artist Night held third, beaten a couple of lengths, with City Hall (Brian Sears) and Touchdown Mindale (Andy Miller) grabbing the remainder. Wilcox (Dan Dube), "Ashley" and A Stitch in Time rounded out the order. "I haven't seen the end to him yet," Goodell said. "I didn't want to be right on George's (Brennan, driving Artist Night) back, and even with those fractions, I was worried I waited too long. "In the (final) turn, he started to come back to me. (Extreme Machine N) steers a bit funny, and has a lot to learn, but the more experience he gets over here, he's just going to get better." For Extreme Machine N, a 4-year-old Down Under Mach Three gelding owned by Joseph Muscara and trained by Darren Cassar, he returned $3.90 for his third win as many seasonal/series/North American starts. The exacta paid $18, the triple returned $42.20 and the superfecta paid $104. A trio of series consolations, worth $25,000, $12,500 and $12,500, respectively, were won by I Dreamed a Dream (Pat Lachance, $14) in 1:54.2, Rolandale Buster (Dube, $8.20) in a life-best 1:54.4, and Artacus (catch-driver Miller, $38.20) in a life-best 1:54. Tuesday's Pick-5 pool, fortified with a $7,907.68 carryover and featuring a $25,000 guaranteed pool, induced $32,731 of fresh coin into the equation. The winning combination of 3/4/6/1/5 returned a tidy $16,228 to a pair of intelligent handicappers. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway          

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 31, 2014-Macharoundtheclock (Scott Zeron) pounced from the pocket Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $63,000 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series. The series, for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, culminated with a 1-9 parimutuel entry in the form of Doo Wee Rusty (George Brennan, post 1) and Hobe Sound (Brian Sears, post 2). It was "Rusty" outsprinting everyone before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Macharoundtheclock, leaving from post position No. 4, found himself sequestered In The Pocket, while A Sham of Amber (Jason Bartlett) was adroitly away in third. A soft, :31.1 second quarter (:59 half) figured to serve the leader well as his partner, Hobe Sound, moved from fourth. That one actually poked a head in front at the 1:28.1 three-quarters, with Mattie Terror Girl (Andy Miller) second-over. Doo Wee Rusty battled back to put her nose first turning for home, but no matter...both halves of the entry were toast. Macharoundtheclock, carried the lane, zipped inside and drew off. The final margin was a length-and-a-half in 1:57. Mattie Terror Girl raced very credibly from the eight-hole to grab second, with Road Bet (Dan Dube), So Long My Love (Jordan Stratton) and Cloris Hanover (Tyler Buter) grabbing the final pay envelopes. Hobe Sound, a Sham of Amber and Doo Wee Rusty rounded out the order. "The fractions played to the leader, but at the same time, kept a lot of us in striking distance," Zeron said. "Once she saw the passing lane, she just took off." For Macharoundtheclock, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three owned by Birnam Wood Farms and trained by Larry Remmen, she returned $22.40 (second choice) for her fourth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $130, with the triple returning $500. A pair of series consolations, worth $25,000 and $12,500, respectively, were won by It's a Miracle (Brennan, $5.60) in a life-best 1:54.3 and Wednesday's Whim (Brennan again, $10) in 1:55.3 The $67,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series, for 3- and 4-year-olds of the male persuasion, goes Tuesday night. Note that since no one took down Monday night's Pick-5, Tuesday's wager-which usually has a $10,000 guaranteed pool----shall now offers a $25,000 guaranteed pool...complete with a $7,907.68 carryover. The Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager on races 5 through 9 nightly. Program pages for Tuesday's quintet are available at www.yonkersraceway.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 29, 2014 - "He stopped surprising me a long time ago," driver Yannick Gingras said before Foiled Again's 200th career start. There would be no surprises Saturday night, as Foiled Again's 78th lifetime victory was among his simplest in Round 2 of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Leaving from post position No. 4 in the last of four, $50,000 divisions, Foiled Again, leading a 1-20 Ron Burke-trained troika, had nothing more than a soggy stroll. After fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:25.3 and 1:53.4, Foiled Again found himself getting to the finish line 3¼ lengths before his competition. In this case, the closest competition was entrymate Aracache Hanover (Dan Dube), with Texican N (Brian Sears) third. For Foiled Again, a 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 public workout payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,080,968. Burke co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. He returned the legal-minimum $2.10, with the exacta (Texican N second for this wager) paying $7.70. The win pool of $84,083-of which $56,387 was wagered on the "Foiled" faction-is believed to be the largest since the filly See You at Peelers whipped the boys in the Art Rooney Pace a couple of seasons ago. Foiled Again was just one of four repeat winners as the Levy series rolled on. It had to be contagious...even the Philadelphia 76ers won tonight. Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) has become the bettor's best friend. After winning at 8-1 in the opening leg, he snapped 9-10 choice Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) on the money in the evening's fourth division to the tune of 20-1. Leaving from post No. 6, Mach it So was well back early as Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce) made the lead around Apprentice Hanover. After a 27-second opening quarter-mile, Sweet Lou (Gingras), half of the 9-10 second-choice (not a misprint as Apprentice Hanover was the wagering favorite), came to visit. However, the leader was in no mood for company, parking "Lou" passed a 55-second intermission. Down the backside, Sweet Lou's barn buddy, Easy Again (George Brennan), made a bold move, wide from fifth. However, going the 1:23.1 three-quarters, the leader stood his ground. Entering the lane, after Sweet Lou gave up the ghost, Apprentice Hanover adroitly slipped out of the pocket. He looked every bit the winner before the blur of Mach it So-fifth turning for home--nailed him by a head in 1:52.4. Third went to Easy Again. For Mach it So, a 4-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trainer P J Fraley, he returned $42.80 (fourth choice) for his second win in two series/season starts. The exacta paid $116.50, with the triple returning $256. "He's been under the radar, but he's been very sharp," Tetrick said. "There was a lot of action up front, and that's what gave him a shot." The evening's other Levy events were won by... --Bettor's Edge,g,5 (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,M1 Stb/driver Gingras; 1:53.4/$2.60 (POE); --Itrustyou,g,6 (by Third Straight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,RTC Stbs/driver Gingras; 1:55/$2.10 (POE). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 28, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier harness racing series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward. The first event saw pole-sitting Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton, $11.80) retake from Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then paced away from the premises (:57, 1:25, season's-best 1:53.1). "She's been compromised by bad posts the last couple of starts, so once she drew inside, I was going to take advantage of it I always thought she was a stakes-quality mare, Asked why he seems to get along with "Vegas" better than other drivers, Stratton succinctly summarized that "I'm good with the ladies." For second Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Shore Thing Stables and trained by Anthony Mannino, it was her third win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple returning $70. Odds-on Somwherovrarainbow (Brian Sears, $3.10) doubled her pleasure in the second division, winning a second consecutive series starts. Leaving from post No. 2, "Rainbow" was an early third as Feeling You (Tyler Buter) worked around Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) after a :27.2 opening interval. Once "Yagonna" reclaimed, Somwherovrarainbow was also moving, making the lead before a 56-second intermission. From there, a no-sweat 1:24.4 three-quarters and 1:53 mile gave her a length's victory over Yagonnakissmeornot. Summertime Lea (George Brennan) tried it first-up and held third. For "Rainbow," a 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Joe Holloway for co-owners Diamond Creek Racing and Ted Gewertz, she's now 3-for-3 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $3.90, with the triple returning $10.60. "I didn't want to have to be first-up with her again (as was the case last week)," Sears said. "She's just very talented and you can race her any way you have to." The ensuing rain did not deter third-division victress Angel's Delight (Brennan, $17.80) from her appointed rounds-a second consecutive series win and third win in succession. Away fourth from post No. 6, she watched as 3-10 choice Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) have things seemingly under control ( :28, :56.1, 1:25). However, the wheels came off the bandwagon in mid-stretch, as the people's preference was passed on both fronts. Pocket-sitting Anndrovette (Tetrick) beat her to the inside, but a first-up Angel's Delight beat 'em both to the outside. "Angel" whipped Anndrovette by a half-length in 1:53.2, with "Charisma" a fading third, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. For third choice Angel's Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was her sixth win (with four seconds) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $61.50, with the triple returning $106.50. The final event was won by 2012 champ Rocklamation (Gingras, $2.20), who outdid her stablemate Camille (Kakaley) by a half-length in 1:53.1, with Shelliscape (Terick) third. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with four, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 27, 2014-Foiled Again turns 200 Saturday night. Well, not exactly. He's a spry 10-year-old, but harness racing's richest-ever pacer makes his 200th career purse start in the second round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. He landed post position No. 4 in race No. 11, the evening's fourth and final Levy division. It appears a simple task, with Foiled Again the strongest third of Ron Burke-trained troika that opens at 3-5 on the morning line and figures to close much shorter than that. With a to-date resume of 77 wins (including a pair of Levy titles), 49 seconds and 27 thirds ($6,055,968) in those first 199 starts-including a spiffy 1:52.1 effort as this series, and his season, began a week ago--Foiled Again's constant companion was asked about him. "I first drove him as a 4-year-old (June of 2008 at Harrah's Chester) after Ronnie (Burke) bought him," Yannick Gingras said of the gelding who's made a million racing in this series alone. "He won in 1:50, and I thought, 'Alright, there's some talent there,' but if anyone said then he'd go on to win more than $6 million, I would have figured they were crazy. "I don't think I fully appreciated the things he did when he was younger," Gingras said. "To be associated with him has obviously been one of the highlights of my career. I've driven so many great horses, starting with ($2.9 million winner) Darlin's Delight, but I'd be shocked if another Foiled Again comes along. "What makes him so good? His heart. He's not the biggest, he's certainly not the fastest, but he knows exactly what he's doing. Last week was the perfect example. I was loose-lining him until about halfway in the final turn. Then, he saw (Apprentice Hanover) coming and he swelled up. He knew it was time to go to work. "He's the same way on the farm. He sort of loafs along then all of a sudden, a 26-second final quarter." Not even the Levy, a six-week grind that unceremoniously unforgiving on so many of its contestants either during the series or later in the season, seems to faze Foiled Again. Is he Levy-proof? "He's everything-proof," Gingras said. "I have to give Ronnie (Burke) so much credit. He sets a schedule for these horses, and they always make it. Sure, has can a tremendous stable (10 in the Levy series alone), but his program works. When the horses need time off, they get it. His horses last. Ten-year-olds are not supposed to do what Foiled Again is doing." This is not to suggest that "Foiled" is flawless. He does have an Achilles heel, or hoof, as the case may be. "For whatever reason, he tends to tail off a bit in the summer. In June, July and August, he's just not the same horse. I used to make the mistake of thinking that maybe he's starting to slow down. "I don't make that mistake anymore." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 22, 2014-That Foiled Again came out swinging in the opening round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series shouldn't have come as a surprise...though some of the wagering public needed convincing. The now-10-year-old, who is richest Standardbred in the history of harness racing with more than $6 million in career earnings, began his season and a quest for a third Levy title, throwing down the gauntlet with a wire-to-wire win the last of five, $50,000 divisions. In play early from post position No. 6, Foiled Again as (along with entrymate Hillbilly Hanover) the 13-10 second choice, career win No. 77 couldn't have been less stressful. A Westchester waltz through fractions of :27.4, 57.1, 1:24.4 and 1:52.1 had him 2¾ lengths to the good at the wire. Meanwhile, Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson), the bully of Woodbine who hit town with nine consecutive wins (5-for-5 this season), was sent off as the 2-5 favorite. However, he made no effort to leave from post No. 3, and was forced to play catch-up. He moved from fourth and gained on Foiled Again, but lost any chance when he could not cleanly negotiate the last turn. Apprentice Hanover did recover to catch Hillbilly Hanover (George Brennan) in a dead-heat for second. Start No. 199 for the Dragon Again gelding increased his lifetime loot to $6,055,968. Ron Burke trains and co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. He returned $4.70, with the exacta paying $6.70 and the triple returning $14.40. "I was somewhat surprised to Jody (Jamieson) did not leave, but honestly, I don't think it would have changed the outcome," Gingras said. "Foiled Again qualified back great, and I came here to win tonight. "(Foiled Again) has lost the opening round of the series the last couple of years, and that forced him to race in all legs to make the final. Our goal is race well enough the first few weeks of the (five) preliminaries, so he can steal a week off at some point before the (Apr.26) final. The night's fastest Levy event-and fastest local mile of the season-was turned by Easy Again (Brennan, $3.10), who popped pocket (from post No. 5) before the three-quarters, then strolled home by 3¾ lengths in 1:51.3 (early fractions of :26.3, :55.4 and 1:23.2). Malak Uswaad N (Brian Sears) grabbed second, with P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) third. For Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again ridgling co-owned (and trained) by Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and Panhellenic Stables, it was his third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18, with the triple returning $112. "At the five-eighths, I could see Ron (Pierce's) horse (Eddie Sweat) was done, so I moved," Brennan said. "He finished very well." The evening's other trio of Levy events were won by... --Mach it So,g,4 (by Mach Three); owner Bamond Racing/trainer P J Fraley/driver Tim Tetrick; 1:52.1/$19; --Bettor's Edge,g,5 (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,M1 Stb/driver Brennan; 1:52.4/$2.60 (POE); --Itrustyou,g,6 (by Third Straight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,RTC Stbs/driver Gingras; 1:52.4/$5.50 (POE). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 21, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward. The first event saw Angel's Delight (George Brennan, $16.40) pop from a perfect second-over trip in 1:53.2. Leaving from post position No. 5, she watched as Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick) take over from Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube), then deal with Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras). After fractions of :27.4, :56.4, 1:24.3, Angel's Delight was ready to move. She whipped Rocklamation-part of a 2-5 favored entry--by a length, with Shelliscape another length back in third. "I saw her race last week, and when Matt (Kakaley) tipped her wide in the lane, she just took off," Brennan said. "It was the same thing here. "She'd been racing, while the other ones are just starting back, so maybe that was an advantage. Those other mares-it never takes them long to be ready. It's going to be a good series, and I certainly wouldn't discount mine " For third choice Angel's Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was her fifth win (with four seconds) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $82.50. Brennan doubled his pleasure in the second division, when former New York Stakes champ Summertime Lea ($4.40) won the draw and the race (:27.1; :56.3; 1:25, 1:53.4) in down-the-road fashion. Season-debuting "Lea"-the season-debuting half of the 6-5 favored entry--lasted by a neck over a charging Ramalama (Kakaley), with Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) third. Swinging Beauty (Gingras), parimutuelly partnered with the winner, was a weak first-over fifth. Anndrovette (Tetrick), making her 2014 bow, never left the cones and finished fourth. For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Frank Baldachino, it was her 17th win in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $68.50. The event third division was its best, with odds-on choice Somwherovrarainbow (Sears, $3.80) going first-up to hold off her rivals in 1:52.4. Trying to leave from post No. 6, she landed in a four-hole as Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce) laid down the law through a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and a :57.2 half. "Somwher" was then out and moving, engaging the leader through a 1:25 three-quarters. She put Royal Cee Cee N away mid-stretch then held off both the horse on her back (Krispy Apple [Tetrick]) and a pocket-sitting Charisma Hanover (Gingras). The margin was scant nose over Krispy Apple, with "Charisma" a shorter schnoz back in third. For "Rainbow," a 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Joe Holloway for co-owners Diamond Creek Racing and Ted Gewertz, she's now 2-for-2 this season and up over $900,000 for her career. It was a far cry from the lass who stopped on a dime the last time she was here, last October's elimination for the Lady Maud Pace. "She's bigger, she's stronger and I'm just happy to have her," Holloway said. "There's not much half-mile experience with her, so I changed the equipment a bit, and she was very good." The final Matchmaker grouping was nothing more than a public workout for 1-4 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $2.50). Sent right to the lead from post No. 4, she had nary an anxious moment though intervals of :27.3, 56.4; 1:25.1 and 1:52.4. The final margin was 4¼ lengths over Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett), with Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald) a pocket third and Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) fourth. or "Yagonna," a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven 14 tries. The exacta paid $13, the triple returned $38.60 and the superfecta paid $155. "She'd make anybody look good," Dube said. "She does it all on her own and doesn't know where the end of the mile is." Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Lorenzo Dream (Sears, $19) in a season's-best 1:55.2, also the fast local mile of 2014. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series begins Saturday night, with five, $50,000 division, (races 2.4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway                      

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 20, 2014--The iconic New York Daily News Golden Gloves, perhaps the best-known amateur boxing competition in the world, returns to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Wednesday night, April 2. It's the fourth year in a row Yonkers Raceway has hosted the Golden Gloves. The card, featuring men and women in both championship and semifinal bouts, is to be held on the Casino's fourth floor. Doors open at 6:15 PM and first bell is at 7:30 PM sharp. General Admission tickets are $25, with police, firefighters, senior citizens, students and children under 14 (each with proper ID) admitted for $15 Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis only at the door on fight night. "We are delighted that the Daily News Golden Gloves has fast become a tradition at Yonkers Raceway," Raceway President & CEO Timothy J. Rooney said. "Two New York institutions are once again teaming up for what we know will be an exciting evening of boxing for fight fans." Past champions of the Golden Gloves include Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Gerry Cooney, Mark Breland, Jose Torres, and Zab Judah. For more information, please visit www.nydailynews.com/GoldenGloves, contact Brian Adams at the Daily News at (212-210-1908, badams@nydailynews.com) or Empire City (914-968-4200). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway      

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 18, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's six-week Free-For-All foray, better known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Matchmaker, begins Saturday night. Thirty-six (of the 47) series eligibles are in to go, resulting in five, $50,000, opening-round divisions. They go as races 2.4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card. Ten of the entrants carry the hope and dreams of trainer Ron Burke, including the season-debuting Foiled Again. Twice a Levy champion and twice (including last season) a bridesmaid, the sport's six-million-dollar ($6,030,968) ageless wonder makes his 199th career start. The 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by his trainer, along with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, landed post position No. 6 in the final event, with Yannick Gingras doing the honors. He draws in with the red-hot Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson, post 3), the scourge of Ontario who has won nine consecutive races (5-for-5 this season). Ben Wallace trains the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere for owner Brad Grant. Burke and P J Fraley (six entered in the opening round) each have coupled entries in the second division, where double-millionaire Sweet Lou (Gingras, post 5) makes his 5-year-old debut. "Lou" ended his 2013 season with a handy win in an Open Handicap here. Doctor Butch, a statebred standout and last season's Art Rooney Pace champ, commences his 4-year-old season in the fourth division. Tim Tetrick drives for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Tuesday Pick 5 pays off $231 for $.50 cent wager Yonkers Raceway’s Tuesday Pick 5 had many fans investing with many fists on Tuesday. A $25,000 guaranteed pool—fortified with a $7,500 carryover—attracted $38,283 of fresh lettuce. The winning combination of  1-A Stitch in Time ($3) 2-Wilcox ($2.60) 5-Kehmywood ($13.60) 3-Cole Heat ($2.90) 1-Grantor Hanover ($7.60) paid $231 for every half-a-buck. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 17, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's six-week fairer-sex festival, otherwise known as the Blue Chip Matchmaker, begins Friday night. Twenty-nine (of the 39) eligible Free-For-All pacing mares made their intentions known, resulting in four, $40,000, opening-round divisions. They go as races 4,6,9 and 10 on the 12-race card. Defending series champion Feeling You drew into the third event, landing post position No. 5 for co-owner driver Tyler Buter. The 7-year-old daughter of Cambest, a career millionairess-in-waiting (nearly $987,000), comes off a 12-win, $407,000-plus season in 2013. She hooks seven-figure performers Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick, post 3) and Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, post 4), as well as the sharp-on-seasonal debut Somwherovrarainbow (Sears also listed, post 6). Standout lass Anndrovette-second to Feeling You in last season's edition--begins her 7-year-old purse season from post No. 3 in the second Matchmaker grouping. The $2.5 million miss, with seven wins and more than $556 on account in '13, has Tetrick driving for trainer P J Fraley. Rocklamation, winner of this event in 2012, drew post No. 4 in the first division. Yannick Gingras drives for trainer Ron Burke, who is representing by six ladies in the four divisions. Friday's final series event includes weekly Open Handicap standouts Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, post 3) and Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, post 4). Saturday's opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

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